The 1980’s: 6 Songs by Black Artists That Made The Decade

80'sWe’re six days into Black Music Month 2017, and we fell to thinking about the 1980’s, a decade that boasts some of the best and catchiest music ever made.

When music critics talk about the 1980’s, however, they almost always fail to mention that many of the songs that made the decade memorable came from black artists. 

Here are six such songs.

Happy Black Music Month!

Jermaine Stewart: We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off

This song wasn’t just catchy: it also sent a positive message at a time when the reality of the deadly disease known as AIDS was just setting in; a message that it was perfectly okay to delay sexual activity.

Rockwell: Somebody’s Watching Me

A fun song accompanied by a fun video, and with Micheal Jackson singing backup on this track, it was destined for success.

DeBarge: Rhythm Of The Night

If this song doesn’t instantly make your mood lighter, we don’t know what will.

Shannon: Let The Music Play

A tale of two lovers brought together on the dance floor by good music. We’re still letting the music play in 2017.

Prince: When Doves Cry

What were the 1980’s without Prince and the Revolution? here is a live performance of the haunting song by a reunited Revolution after Prince’s death. Get your tissues out.

Micheal Jackson: Billie Jean

And finally, what were the 80’s without the King of Pop? to this day, Billie Jean remains one of the greatest hits of all time.


By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani




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